Of the aftermath of Ike and the return to the water
of my boat "Turtle".
Without the help of my friends and dockmates the moving of Turtle would never have happened. After Ike all the people of our marina had to stand 24/7 watch over our boats so as not to lose our stuff to looters. 23 days and nights we stood watch before the city of Baytown Tx got us a fence and a guard. Although we had arms available no one, not even the most aggressive lookyloos, and a few after dark trespassers was threatened. The local police were very helpful and quick to respond whenever we called. They thanked us for the effort we put out to protect our own property so they could deal with the mountain of other duties they had after the storm. Very little if anything went missing.
The marina failed, argueably, because the city and it's leaseholder did nothing to help prevent it. The pilings were touted as high enough to withstand a storm surge, they obviously were not and nothing was done to help insure they would not float off their pilings. No cables
, chains or anchors or any sort of preventative was even attempted. Bayland Park Marina was the only floating dock
marina in the entire Galveston Bay area to fail. The entire hurricane
preparedness plan of the City of Baytown and Bayland Park Marina management was to lock the office doors before they left.
company for the city paid the city for the damage to the marina and so did FEMA but they charged the boat owners an outrageous amount to put the boats back in the water
. We were not allowed to participate in the hiring or negotiations for the safe restoration
of our boats to the water. The cost to the boat owners $253 per foot for what amounted to a simple lift
, swing and refloat operation.
I will however commend the guys(Land and Sea, Anthony Crane) who actually did the work of moving some 85 boats. They were skilled and very proffesional in both the task of moving the boats without doing further damage and with dealing with a group of sometimes less than friendly/happy boat owners.
Thankfully most of the boats were only minimally damaged as they were still all tied in their slips when they came ashore and grounded.
Had I not had the friends I do I would have lost
my boat. It's 30yrs old and most insurance
companies either won't cover it at all or the cost is to much for a working stiff to afford. I could not have afforded the cost to move my boat. We were all required to have liability insurance in case our boats damaged the marina however.
Anyway enough ranting about a problem past. I posted a few pictures in my gallery of what a few good friends can do for a friend when they put their minds and muscles to it. I will ALWAYS be on call for them in the future...........m